A group of twenty parents have signed on to participate in Milford’s fourth Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) that will start on Saturday, January 21.
The Parent Leadership Training Institute program was developed by the State of Connecticut’s Commission on Children to enable parents to become leading advocates for children. The cornerstones of the program are respect, validation, and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will actively engage in civic life.
The program comes to Milford as the result of a collaborative effort between the Milford Health Department, Milford Public Schools, the United Way of Milford, and Kids Count of Milford.
“We are proud of the way that various community organizations — public, private, and nonprofit — have come together with the goal of empowering and supporting parents and caregivers to improve the lives of children at home, in school, and in the community,” said A. Dennis McBride, MD, MPH, Health Director of the City of Milford.
PLTI students participate in an 18-week comprehensive program designed to provide the civic and leadership skills needed to work in the community on behalf of children. Each student completes a community project that contributes to the well being of Milford’s children. The community project also gives students a hands-on opportunity to apply the skills learned in the program. The 18-week program begins with an all-day retreat to be held this Saturday, January 21, 2012.
Several organizations have been involved with the Design Team for the program, including the Milford Health Department, Kids Count of Milford, United Way of Milford, , Milford Discovery Initiative, and several early childhood education representatives.
For further information about PLTI in Milford, please contact Lesley Darling, PLTI Coordinator, at the Milford Health Department at 203-783-3314.